SW Simulation – Angular Tilt of a Deformed Face

Article by Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE updated December 13, 2013


I have been asked a number of times if there is a way to measure the angular tilt of a face on a solid body after it has deformed under a load. Solid Elements have no rotational degrees of freedom. Therefore only translational displacements can be reported in SolidWorks Simulation

Although there is no direct way to measure the angular displacement of an entity with Solid Elements in a SolidWorks Simulation, we can use the translational displacements to evaluate the tilt on a face with a little help from trigonometry. Watch the attached video to see how we this can be achieved.

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Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE

Irfan holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and is as Elite AE. He contributes regularly to the SIMULATION and COMPOSER tech blogs. He has won the TenLinks Top blogger award for SOLIDWORKS. He has presented at local user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World.